Footwarmer, 1830-1860

Summary

Nineteenth-century Americans filled this footwarmer's punched tin box with hot coals or charcoal to help keep their feet warm. People placed the footwarmer under their feet then wrapped a blanket around their legs, providing welcomed warmth when out for a carriage ride or attending church on a cold day. Other footwarmers used hot water or heated soapstone to solve the problem of cold feet.

Nineteenth-century Americans filled this footwarmer's punched tin box with hot coals or charcoal to help keep their feet warm. People placed the footwarmer under their feet then wrapped a blanket around their legs, providing welcomed warmth when out for a carriage ride or attending church on a cold day. Other footwarmers used hot water or heated soapstone to solve the problem of cold feet.

Artifact

Footwarmer

Date Made

1830-1860

Creators

Unknown

Location

Not on exhibit to the public.

Object ID

96.0.269.48

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Tin (Metal)
Wire
Wood (Plant material)

Dimensions

Height: 5.75 in

Width: 7.625 in

Length: 8.875 in

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